As far as this compendium is concerned, it does end up dispelling somewhat the widely prevailing cynicism associated with State-sponsored developmental schemes. Indeed, several powerful messages emerge, foremost among which is that good governance is scarcely more than a combination of political vision, economic wisdom, focussed implementation and effective monitoring the latter two achieved by co-opting non-governmental organisations and local communities into the schemes in question. That success stories have also emerged from northern and eastern states such as Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Tripura together with their southern and western counterparts, which have traditionally been at the forefront of the development process is heartening too. That said, more than 50 per cent of the success stories emerge from just four states (Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh). Herein lies the publications greatest relevance. Innovative education guarantee schemes, e-governance initiatives, sustainable forestry management practices, water supply and sanitation systems are approaches which have not only worked but can also be replicated. The Planning Commission has set the ball rolling by putting in the public domain these select experiences. It is sincerely hoped that they are replicated widely within and across various states. If 14 states can do it, theres no reason why 28 states and six union territories cant.